CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has been slowed down just when the Browns need him most.
Cleveland’s dynamic star defensive end and the NFL’s leader in sacks will miss Sunday’s game against Philadelphia — and maybe more — after testing positive for COVID-19, dealing the Browns a major blow as they try to end an 18-year playoff drought.
“He is a good player,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday. “We know that. We do not want to be without him, but we are.”
The Browns (6-3) won’t have Garrett against the Eagles and there’s no predicting when he’ll be back. According to league rules, a player who tests positive for coronavirus can’t return to the team until at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, plus at least 24 hours after symptoms have passed.
Garrett stayed home from practice on Wednesday and Thursday because he was showing symptoms. After facing the Eagles (3-5-1), the Browns will visit Jacksonville on Nov. 29.
Stefanski said he wasn’t sure exactly when Garrett first began experiencing coronavirus symptoms, which would trigger the start to a timeline for his return. The first-year coach added he doesn’t know when Garrett will be available.
“I would not speculate at this point,” he said. “But I think as the days go by here we will know a little bit more.”
Garrett, who has 9 1/2 sacks and has made a major play in each of Cleveland’s six wins, won’t get a chance to pad his stats against an Eagles offensive line that has allowed quarterback Carson Wentz to be sacked a league-leading 35 times.
Seahawks lose Olsen
Tight end Greg Olsen could miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a ruptured plantar fascia in the Seattle Seahawks’ 28-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday via Zoom that such a foot injury typically has a recovery of four to six weeks, though the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said it could be more along the lines of six to eight weeks.
Either way, with six games remaining in the regular season, Olsen might be shooting to get back for the postseason.
Olsen, 35, is on a one-year contract and has signed a deal to work as a broadcaster with Fox Sports after he retires. If he does not make it back this season his career could be over.
Murray bruised after loss
Arizona’s playoff hopes took a hit during Thursday night’s loss to the Seahawks. Maybe more important for the Cardinals, so did quarterback Kyler Murray’s throwing shoulder.
Arizona’s stay at the top of the NFC West lasted just five days after Thursday’s loss. The Cardinals (6-4) are now a game behind the Seahawks for the division lead and trail the Los Angeles Rams by a half-game.
They’re still right in the middle of the playoff race in the NFC if they can play well during the final six weeks. Murray’s health is obviously of paramount importance if the Cardinals want to be a factor. He fell on the shoulder early in the game against Seattle and TV shots showed the second-year quarterback grimacing on the sideline.
“I’m not sure about the extent of it,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday. “But like we talked about last night he landed on it on that play, but that’s about all I know.”
Stafford, Bridgewater questionable
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater are each questionable for Sunday’s game between the Lions and Panthers — and aside from those two quarterbacks, several other players are dealing with injuries for the two teams.
Running back D’Andre Swift (concussion) and receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) were ruled out for Detroit on Friday. Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is also missing this weekend’s game.
Stafford, who has been dealing with a right thumb injury, was limited in practice Friday. Bridgewater was also limited with a right knee sprain, and coach Matt Rhule said he would be a game-time decision. If Bridgewater can’t play, either Will Grier or P.J. Walker would start at quarterback. Rhule said he hadn’t decided who yet.
- Tennessee will be without starting left guard Rodger Saffold (ankle) and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on Sunday when the Titans visit Baltimore.
- The San Francisco 49ers waived defensive end Takk McKinley, who they picked up off waivers after he failed a physical in Cincinnati, after he failed a physical.
The Niners, who are off this week, also placed three players on the COVID-19 list with receiver Brandon Aiyuk, left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Daniel Helm being added.
Adams back for Packers
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday at Indianapolis despite dealing with an ankle injury.
Adams sat out victories over New Orleans and Atlanta earlier this season with a hamstring injury, though he still has nine touchdown catches to tie Minnesota’s Adam Thielen, Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill and Seattle’s DK Metcalf for the NFL lead. Adams has 61 overall catches for 741 yards for the Packers (7-2).
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